When I was maybe 10 or 11, there was this girl at summer camp named Leah Spieler. She had straight brown hair down to her shoulders that curled in at the bottom, feline eyes and pouting lips, and breasts — real, actual breasts — and so I was in love with her. We hadn't actually talked or anything, but I was still hoping to ask her to the camp dance, so when another boy, taller and more popular than me, beat me to the punch, I was devastated. I spent the night of the dance hiding in my bunk, listening over and over on my Walkman to borrowed cassettes of "Weird Al" Yankovic's first three albums.
I grew up — learning, among other things, that there is better breakup music in this world than "Slime Creatures from Outer Space" — but thankfully "Weird Al" never did. Today, from DKNY, the link for the video above arrived in my inbox, along with this note:
I'm sort of amazed that he's managed to sustain a career for, jesus, 23 years now, not to mention that he actually manages to pretty capably flow (shit, better than Fiddy). Plus it references the Star Wars Holiday Special, which I appreciate...Likewise. And in case you're not familiar with the original song, it's "Ridin'" by Chamillionaire, featuring the ever-incomprehensible Krayzie Bone, and you can see the video here.